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KFTC's New Power PAC is excited to endorse an unwavering voice for justice

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 27, 2020

We are working for a day when Kentuckians – and all people – can thrive. When our lives and communities matter more than profits. And when every voice is heard in our democracy. To get there, we need new leaders in local offices, Frankfort and Washington, D.C. 

That’s why for the last year – and through this year’s important elections – voter engagement has been a central focus for KFTC’s organizing. We’re sharing our vision and ideas for a better Kentucky across the state. We’re registering, having conversations with and mobilizing tens of thousands of voters.

And we’re supporting candidates who will work with and for all of us. Today, we’re excited to announce that KFTC’s New Power PAC is endorsing Charles Booker for United States Senator.

Representative Booker is deeply aligned with KFTC’s values. He has clear and bold ideas for achieving our shared vision – with good jobs that don’t damage our climate, health care for all of us, racial justice and more. Those ideas are rooted in both personal experience and conversations with folks from Paducah to Pikeville.

In the state House of Representatives, he is a champion of the issues that impact our lives, responsive to constituents and the needs of Kentuckians across the state, and an unwavering voice for justice. He’s a candidate worth getting excited for, voting for and talking to our friends and neighbors about. We hope you’ll join us in doing just that.

When Kentuckians go to the polls, we don’t just choose between candidates. We choose what kind of state we want to call home. What kind of jobs we want. Whether we can go to the doctor when we’re sick. How we want to treat our neighbors.

“Our leadership overwhelmingly believes Charles Booker rises above the other candidates in his lived experience and in our shared vision for Kentucky. Booker is the strongest choice for Kentuckians who want an improved life for all of us – regardless of the color of our skin, size of our bank account or which neighborhood or holler we call home.” — Cassia Herron, KFTC Chairperson

We’re in a moment when so much is at stake – our air and water, our democracy, our livelihoods and even lives. And politicians like Mitch McConnell have been happy to divide Kentuckians: urban and rural, Black and white, middle-class and poor. McConnell wants us to focus on our differences instead of the many things we share in common, so we don’t come together and hold him accountable for putting his corporate donors before the rest of us.

Representative Booker is the kind of candidate who can reach across those differences and work with and for all of us – not only on election day, but every day.

Our endorsement process

KFTC surveyed all of the candidates in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary race. Eight candidates responded, and you can read their answers at KentuckyElection.org. We also invited the candidates to sit down for a conversation. Five took us up on that offer. We appreciate all of the candidates who took the time to share their vision and ideas with us.

KFTC chapters and Democracy Teams offered recommendations. And last night, following the recommendation of our Steering Committee, the Executive Committee decided to have the New Power PAC endorse Rep. Charles Booker.

Let’s get Booker to D.C. 

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Media campaign pushes Congress to act on RECLAIM Act and black lung fund

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 24, 2020

In January, KFTC and several ally groups launched a paid media campaign – including 10 billboards plus radio, newspaper and digital ads in central and eastern Kentucky – calling on members of Congr

Call in for Restoration of Voting Rights for People with Felonies in their Past

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 24, 2020

1-28-20 Frankfort Lobbying-3121We’ve been pushing to restore voting rights of people with felonies in their past in Kentucky for 15 years. We’re closer now than ever, but some Senate Republicans are answering this call with voting rights legislation that doesn’t actually give anyone their right to vote back. It will come up for a vote in the Senate tomorrow (Tuesday, 2/25), so calls are needed urgently!

Let us in! Getting in the capitol buildings is challenging experience.

Posted by: K.A. Owens on February 21, 2020

Public access the the capitol and capitol annex is an issue during the legislative session.

Kentucky Needs a Safety Net that Works for Us, Not Against Us

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 20, 2020

Many Kentuckians are simply a lost job, new baby, accident or illness away from qualifying for Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP),

Kentucky students speak out against guns in schools, Senate Bill 8

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 19, 2020

Kentuckians need our legislators to put education first. Instead, they prioritized their political wants above what our students really need with Senate Bill 8 (SB 8), which forces a firearm into every public school in the state.

Teachers across the commonwealth are paying for classroom supplies out of their own pockets or fundraising for the resources our students need to learn. Our kids and their teachers deserve funding for projects that nurture and educate, not for guns in schools.

Voting Rights EO Decision Tree

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 19, 2020

With information from the Campaign Legal Center's RestoreYourVote.org tool, KFTC has developed a decision tree to use in the field to help people determine if Governor Andy Beshear's Executive Order restoring voting rights to 140,000 Kentuckians applies to them.  Here's a link to the PDF and an image of it is below.  


KFTC’s London office is on track to be completely solar-powered!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 12, 2020

Solar panels on KFTC's London office building

Solar panels were recently installed on KFTC’s main office in London. This was the final step in a series of energy upgrades that the building had been undergoing in the last several months, which puts the office building on track to be completely solar-powered.

Northern Kentucky Hosts Coffee For The Commonwealth

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on February 10, 2020

The Northern Kentucky chapter hosted their first Coffee For The Commonwealth in January, inviting legislators representing Kenton County to meet for coffee with constiutents in an informal setting

Big week for Voting Rights last week

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 6, 2020

Over 36 hours, we had three big voting rights events – a Voting Rights Lobby Day, a Criminal Justice Panel Discussion, and a Press Conference for HB 6.

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Voting Rights Lobby Day

In all, we had 34 documented meetings with legislators, 8 lobby teams, and 28 grassroots lobbyists plus the Kentucky Council of Church's great Prayer Day of Action on Voting Rights and 60 UFCW workers there who talked to legislators about HB 6 as a part of their meetings.

Our members built up their confidence in speaking truth to power and we had frustrating and yet valuable conversations with foes and allied legislators alike.

We got a lot done today and we can build on it. Come join us in Frankfort to continue the work!

Voter Suppression is Violence – stop Senate Bill 2

Posted by: KFTC Staff on January 23, 2020

x20200122_102707KFTC members were in Frankfort and on the phones yesterday to fight Senate Bill 2, a photo voter ID law designed to make it harder for some Kentuckians to vote by creating new hurdles for them. It’s especially troubling for young, elderly, low income and people of color communities – people who are less likely to have or need a photo ID. 

SB 2 is supposed to make it harder for people to impersonate someone else on election day. But even the bill's supporters at the hearing couldn't come up with even one example this century of any time anyone tried to do that in Kentucky.

To address this non-existent problem, they’re trying to pass a complicated 66-page bill that restructures a lot of our voting process and they’re trying to do it all in a hurry.

We ought to be making it easier for citizens to vote, though, not harder.


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